4 Mar 2015

Samoa Police Association not happy with commissioner criteria

8:37 pm on 4 March 2015

The more than 500-strong Samoa Police Association has voiced strong opposition to opening up the position of police commissioner to a person with what they deem limited experience.

The president of the association Police Inspector Fata Manuele Pemita says a letter has been handed to the Minister of Police outlining their concerns.

In 2013 parliament endorsed an amendment which includes criteria for all applicants to the position of commissioner to have ten years of police experience and hold a commissioned rank.

Fata says although the amendment was passed two years ago it was never put into reality and now the Public Service Comission wants to open up the criteria for selection to include applicants with no police work experience.

Interviews for the position of a police commissioner are scheduled to start on Friday.

Radio New Zealand International understands 14 applicants have been shortlisted, including seven senior police officers.

Two of the applicants are from New Zealand.